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Mar 2, 2015

Lockheed sees shift in focus on infrastructure cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, said it has seen a “sea
change” in demand for cybersecurity services in critical
infrastructure areas such as energy, oil and gas, and financial
institutions over the past 18 months.

Increased media coverage, more sharing of data about cyber
attacks, tighter government regulations, and growing concerns
about the fiduciary duties of corporate boards and chief
executives have stoked that demand over the past 18 months, said
Chandra McMahon, vice president of commercial markets for
Lockheed’s Information Systems security services.

Feb 28, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. Air Force eyes 28 launches, shared investment for next rockets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may kick off a multibillion-dollar competition for 28 launches of government satellites this spring to help end U.S. reliance on Russian-built rocket engines, according to an Air Force document seen by Reuters on Friday.

The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center mapped out the possible tender, which would include government and private sector investment, in a request for information sent to selected companies on Feb. 18, with responses due March 20.

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. Air Force says new bomber essential, vows to control costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Air Force urgently needs a new long-range bomber to replace its aging fleet and will keep costs at or below a $550 million cap for each warplane, top U.S. officials told lawmakers on Friday.

Air Force Secretary Deborah James said the Air Force understood that runaway costs had to be contained, and noted that a sharp reduction from the planned purchase of 80 to 100 bombers would send the price of each aircraft spiraling higher.

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. Navy opens door to more orders of Boeing jets

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Thursday
opened the door to further purchases of Boeing Co F/A-18
fighter jets and EA-18G fighter jets, saying it may ask
lawmakers to finance the planes as part of a list of “unfunded
priorities” to be sent to Congress.

More orders would help Boeing extend its St. Louis F/A-18
production line beyond 2017, but congressional aides and defense
officials said it remained unclear if Congress would ultimately
fund more jets at a time when it has yet to reach agreement
about removing budget caps that are due to resume in 2016.

Feb 26, 2015

Bid for more US defense funds gets chilly House reception

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military officials seeking a big boost in defense spending received little encouragement on Thursday from a House panel reviewing their bid for more funds, with one lawmaker saying the extra money would have to be cut “with you or … without you.”

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, chided President Barack Obama for proposing a $534 billion Pentagon base budget that “ignores the law” by exceeding federal spending caps by nearly $35 billion.

Feb 25, 2015

Air Force seeks rethink of 2019 deadline for new U.S. rocket engine

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on
Wednesday said it will release plans within months for replacing
the Russian-built RD-180 motors that now power some rockets used
to launch military satellites into space, but said it would
likely miss a 2019 congressional deadline to start using a new
U.S. engine.

Air Force Secretary Deborah James told the Senate
Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee that failure to
extend the 2019 deadline could lead to swapping one monopoly
provider of rocket launches for military satellites for another.

Feb 25, 2015

Army secretary optimistic on relief from budget caps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday said he was optimistic lawmakers would agree to some form of relief from congressional budget caps for fiscal 2016, given widespread recognition the resulting spending cuts would undermine military readiness.

McHugh said that if the budget caps, known as sequestration, remained in place, U.S. lawmakers would have to make tough decisions about which missions it wanted to Army to abandon.

Feb 25, 2015

Senior admiral reiterates U.S. Navy commitment to F-35 warplane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy remains committed to its plans to buy the carrier-based variant of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet and declare it ready for initial combat use by 2018, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard said on Tuesday.

Howard said there was no doubt the Navy would need tactical and strike aircraft based on aircraft carriers, and it was counting on the F-35 Lightning II to carry out that mission.

Feb 24, 2015

Lockheed F-35 heads for the ski jump in next key round of tests

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will start “ski-jump testing”
at a Maryland air base this week, while another B-model jet
wraps up six months of tests at temperatures as low as minus 40
degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) to as high as 120 F (49
C).

Two UK pilots will test the ability of the new warplane to
take off from upward-sloping ski-jump ramps used on aircraft
carriers like those operated by Britain and Italy. The ramps
launch the jets forward and upward, reducing the thrust needed.

Feb 21, 2015

Lockheed-Boeing venture steps up to competitive challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of the top two U.S. arms makers, on Friday said it will slash costs and hunt out new customers to ensure continued growth despite the rise of a new rival, privately-held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.

Tory Bruno, who took over as chief executive of the 50-50 venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co in August, told Reuters he was confident the company would survive increased competition and even prosper in the coming age of heightened activity and exploitation of space.